Chris Hedges: The Corporate Assault on the US Postal Service

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jan 20, 2022

On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the corporate assault against the US Postal Service with the author Christopher W. Shaw.

The corporate seizure of public utilities and privatization of schools is part of a broad assault to turn government assets into assets that will swell corporate profit. The United States Post Office has been a coveted target for decades. Corporations such as FedEx and UPS have used their lobbyists and campaign contributions to cripple the government Postal Service in an effort to destroy it and take it over.

These corporations engineered a congressional mandate in 2006 that requires the Post Office to pre-fund the next seventy-five years of retiree health benefits in one decade. No other federal government agency is required to carry out a similar pre-payment plan nor is there any actuarial justification for this measure. The requirement, which forces the Post Office to fund retiree health benefits for future employees who have not yet been born, is part of the broader corporate assault to dismantle the Postal Service.

Mail service is already suffering from slower delivery, huge staff cuts, restrictions on window hours, the removing of mail processing equipment and the uprooting of the familiar blue mailboxes. The goal is to drive the Post Office into utter dysfunction, justifying the corporate seizure of one of America’s most beloved and iconic government institutions.

Christopher W. Shaw is the author of First Class: The US Postal Service, Democracy, and The Corporate Threat.

Transcript

From the archives:

The Preventable Plight of the U.S. Postal Service, by Ralph Nader + Take Action!

The Post Office Has Been Intentionally Targeted For Takedown by Ellen Brown

Mike Konczal: US Postal Service Proposes Launching Low-Fee Public Bank

Who’s Pushing Post Office Privatization? by Joseph Piette + Save The People’s Post Office by Dave Welsh

Statement of Consumer Advocate Ralph Nader Condemning the U.S. Postal Service’s Move to End Saturday Delivery

Saving the Post Office: Letter Carriers Consider Bringing Back Banking Services by Ellen Brown

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